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Malia Obama navigating college decision-making process

In this photo taken Aug. 19, 2014, President Barack Obama walks with his daughter Malia on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington toward Marine One. Malia is among the millions of U.S. high school seniors who are nervously taking standardized tests, completing college admissions applications, filling out financial aid forms and writing personal essays, all on deadline, before spending the coming months anxiously waiting to find out if they got into their dream school. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama's message for high school seniors fretting about their college prospects is simple.

Tipitina's owner plans $12M lakefront festival park
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owner of one of New Orleans' best-known music bars has agreed to spend at least $12 million to turn a vacant riverboat casino dock into an outdoor music venue and high-end retail center.
Memorial to Rhode Island nightclub fire closer to $2M goal

In this Nov. 13, 2015 photo, items decorate a gate surrounding the site of The Station nightclub fire that killed 100 people in West Warwick, R.I., in 2003. The Station Fire Memorial Foundation said that $1.3 million of the $2 million needed has been raised to complete a permanent memorial at the site. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The slow road to build a permanent memorial at the site of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people 12 years ago is getting shorter, as organizers said they are inching closer to raising the $2 million they need to complete it.

Adele announces first tour in five years for new album '25'

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2013 file photo, singer Adele arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Adele's new album "25" has sold more than 2.3 million copies in the United States during its first three days on the market, a stunning number for a music industry that has seen sales steadily fall in the digital era. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)LONDON (AP) — Adele has announced her first tour since 2011, with a string of European dates in support of her record-breaking new album, "25."

Jeezy hands out Thanksgiving meals to performing in concert
ATLANTA (AP) — Grammy-nominated rapper Jeezy went from handing out meals to performing in front of a sold-out crowd in Atlanta.
Bad blood as Taylor Swift's Kiwi video shoot ruffles feathers

Taylor Swift, pictured on August 30, 2015, slipped into New Zealand to film a video at Bethells BeachConservationists in New Zealand on Thursday accused Taylor Swift of endangering a rare bird species while shooting a music video near Auckland but the film's producers said they were responsible, not the US singer. The 25-year-old pop superstar slipped into New Zealand this week to film the video at Bethells Beach, a popular seaside town just outside the city. The chairwoman of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board Sandra Coney said Swift's production company was given permission to film on the beach, which is home to the critically endangered New Zealand dotterel.

Outspoken Miss World Canada denied entry to China

Canada's Miss World contestant Anastasia Lin poses for photographers after she was denied entry to mainland China, at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Miss World Canada was barred from entering China on Thursday to take part in this year's pageant in the southern island province of Hainan, a friend of the outspoken Chinese-Canadian contestant said. Lin was prevented from boarding her connecting flight in Hong Kong, Caylan Ford said in an email. She said authorities gave no reason. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG (AP) — Canada's outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year's pageant and accused Beijing of overreach in extending its campaign of censorship even to beauty contests.

Sofia Vergara scores by sharing wedding photos on Instagram

File-This June 9, 2015, file photo shows Joe Manganiello, left, and Sofia Vergara arriving at the Los Angeles premiere of "Jurassic World" at the Dolby Theatre. Vergara and Manganiello tied the knot on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in a Palm Beach, Fla., ceremony, according to a posting on Vergara's official Facebook page. The two have been a couple for about a year and a half, and were engaged last December on a vacation in Hawaii. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Newlyweds Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello might have cashed in by selling their wedding photos to a celebrity magazine, but instead they posted the pictures online, and the benefits could be priceless.

APNewsBreak: Casey Kasem's widow sued for wrongful death

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2003, file photo, Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Three of Kasem's children sued their father's widow, Jean Kasem, on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, for wrongful death, elder abuse and intentional infliction of emotional distress, claiming her actions shortened the popular radio personality's life. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three of the radio personality Casey Kasem's children and his brother sued his widow on Wednesday, claiming her actions led to his death in 2014.

'Tokyo Story' star Setsuko Hara, muse of Ozu, dies at 95

Japanese actress Setsuko Hara and actor Chishu Ryu, seen in a scene of the iconic 1953 movie 'Tokyo Story', directed by Yosujiro OzuThe Japanese actress who starred in famed director Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story" and a host of other classic films has died aged 95 -- with the news only emerging nearly three months after her passing. The death of Setsuko Hara dominated Japanese front pages on Thursday, with headlines lauding her as a "legendary" performer and the "Eternal Madonna". Hara had been in hospital since mid-August and her death on September 5 from pneumonia was not immediately made public "as she wished no fuss be made", her 75-year-old nephew told Kyodo News agency.